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   Jun 28

Summer Colors: Gardening with Annuals

Annuals definitely bring beauty and color to your garden. Depending on your location, it can die in the winter and you need to replace them. They are perfect for summer because of their bright colors and they are quite inexpensive.

gardeningThese annuals grow and die for just one year. Most gardeners plant them after the snow has subsided and the ground has recovered to its normal planting condition.

You can find different varieties of annuals in various local stores. Some sell them in packages or large pots. But make sure to follow the instruction available in packages so you know what to do in order for it to grow healthy.

Here are some simple steps on how to achieve a healthy growing and blooming annuals in your garden:

The Right Location

You should choose a spot in your backyard where the soil is well-drained. Steady temperature and warm soil are the necessities of annuals. So before you plant your annuals during spring, your ground should be warm.

You can do an experiment by placing your plant pots in different places around your house until you find the perfect spot where your annuals can grow. After you have found it, make sure to arrange your annuals in a great sequence.

Treat the Soil

It is essential your soil is soaked enough before you plant your flowers. Make sure it is deep enough so that the roots are totally covered by the soil. Then carefully take out the plant from the container and give it a gentle shake to lose some dirt. Then place the plant in the hole and put the soil around the plant for support. Water it and add some organic fertilizer.

Water them Each Day

Water is a basic necessity for plants and annuals are no exception. Make sure to water them everyday but not too much. Make sure the soil have enough water for survival of your plants.

Always check your plants for diseases and pests. Remove the dead parts of the plants and make sure to treat the soil so no fungi that might be harmful for the plant will grow. If you see signs of yellowing and wilting, make sure to pay more attention to the plant.

gardenAs a beginner, you might be confused on what annual plants you should put in your garden. If you are just a newbie, it would be ideal to start with plants easy to tend and grow fast.

Annuals Plants for Beginners

  • Lantana – This annual plant comes in bright colors such as pink, red, bright yellow and red. It prefers to be exposed to full sun than in shades and can survive even in drought.
  • Penta–This is a beautiful choice for summer since they bloom for the whole season. Due to their bright colors, bees and insects are attracted to them. Make sure to place them in containers or beds in your front yard to enhance your landscape more.
  • Pansy – This annual is combination of colors such as yellow and purple or purple and white. This would be convenient for people who have a hard time combining colors.
  • Pentunias – It comes in shades of purple and they can tolerate drought. The most popular is the Purple Wave Petunia. It is a late bloomer but still brings beauty to your garden in every way.
  • Narrowleaf Zinnia – It only grows to 12-18 inches and comes in summer colors such as orange, red and white. Like Pentunias, it is also a late bloomer and even small in size, it brings beauty and appeal to your garden and landscape.
  • Gomphrena– It comes in pink, white and Christmas red and grows up to the length of 18 inches.
  • Impatiens – This annual is usually placed in the front border and likes the morning sun. It comes in white, purple, red and pink color.

These annuals will definitely get you started in your garden and will surely give you a colorful and appealing flower garden until winter. Make sure to pair up your annuals with perennials in order to balance your flower bed once the annuals start to wither and die. Summer is definitely the perfect time to show off the beauty of your annuals so make sure to plant them at early spring.

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